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Centre for Research in Literature Linguistics and Culture

Unit(s) of assessment: English Language and Literature

Research theme: Global Heritage

School: School of Arts and Humanities


The Centre for Research in Literature, Linguistics and Culture is a multi- and interdisciplinary hub that promotes research innovation across Literary Studies, Linguistics, and Media, Film, and TV Studies. Our work advances new directions in criticism and scholarship, and we work with our partners to develop research that is culturally and socially significant, and publicly valuable. The Centre is comprised of five Research Groups which represent our collaborative and interdisciplinary strengths. The Centre has attracted funding from the AHRC, Arts Council, England, British Academy, ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Research groups

Critical Poetics Research Group

The Critical Poetics Research Group is interdisciplinary in focus and stimulates debate, collaboration and innovation among scholars and practitioners whose work is concerned with creative and critical theory and practice. It explores texts and theoretical applications to texts that are engendered by unconventional, unexpected, and cross-disciplinary approaches.

Language, Identities and Institutions Research Group

These researchers bring analytical skills and insights drawn from critical journalism studies, sociolinguistics, forensic linguistics, critical stylistics, cultural studies and political communication to bear on a wide range of institutions and social practices. Examples of current research include raising the awareness of regional language variation, the mapping and preservation of threatened language varieties and the application of language analysis to improve the delivery of justice in court.

Media and Film Cultures Research Group

The Media and Film Cultures Research Group undertakes research focussed on British and European cinema and politics, global queer cinema and international LGBTQ documentary, Japanese and Korean film and television, often focusing on questions of gender, sexuality and sexist abuse as well as migrants’ experiences and empowerment and the roles of journalism and democracy.

Postcolonial and Global Studies Research Group

The Postcolonial and Global Studies Research Group advances critical thought relating to colonialism, neo-colonialism, postcolonialism and globalisation. It works with activist and refugee groups, publishers, writers’ agencies and literary and cultural organisations to create platforms for exploring diverse cultural voices and texts that challenge postcolonial and global forms of marginalisation and exclusion.

Periodicals and Print Cultures Research Group

The Periodicals and Print Cultures Research Group develops research on the study of modern periodicals and print culture from the nineteenth century to the present. It is concerned with the material culture of periodicals, books, newspapers, pamphlets, comics, zines and other forms of print ephemera as well as with literary histories and the digital manifestations of these objects and artefacts.

Our partners

The team has long-established connections with external organisations, including galleries, arts centres, libraries and literary festivals.  Our current partners include:

Department of Kannada and Culture (India)

Bonington Gallery

D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum

Mansfield Museum

Broadway Cinema

Nottingham Contemporary

New Art Exchange

Vanclaron CIC

King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester

Feminist Archive East Midlands

European Society for Periodical Research

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Friends of the Women's Library

Nottingham Women’s History Group

British Library

HEAL collective

International Association for Performing Arts & Research (India)

National Coalmining Museums of England/Scotland/Wales

International Council of Monuments and Sites

Trent Rivers Trust

Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

Science Museum, London

ChalleNGe Nottingham

Hyderabad Literary Festival

Ravindra Kalakshetra Cultural Centre (India)

Nottingham Playhouse

Inspire Libraries

Korean Film Archive

Five Leaves Bookshop

Sparrows’ Nest Archive

Museums Scotland

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Indicative publications include:

PhD students

We supervise a number of research students in the Centre.

AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships

Applications are open between October and January each year.